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AU Declares 2017 AFRIMA Open On May 2

The calendar of events for the 2017 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) in partnership with the African Union will be formally opened on Tuesday, May 2 at a joint AUC-AFRIMA cultural conference to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 2017 entry submission timeline for the prestigious continental awards will also be revealed at the joint conference expected to have in attendance AU officials, members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, past AFRIMA winners and nominees from Southern African, South Africa government officials, media executives in Southern Africa and other stakeholders in the creative/entertainment industry in Africa.

Speaking about the calendar unveiling and cultural conference themed ‘’Enhancing the Creative Power of the African Youth’’. Director of Brand Communication, AFRIMA, Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi, explained that ‘’the impact of AFRIMA as an awards which places premium value on the talents and their creative works keep reverberating across the conti…

Aftermath of U.S attacks on Syria: 'What America did is nothing but foolish and irresponsible' -Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad who this week ordered the use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians in Syria, killing hundreds, with kids left to gasp for air while they died, has called U.S President Donald Trump's retaliatory attack on their military base today 'Irresponsible' and 'foolish'.

Assad, backed heavily by Russian president Vladimir Putin and Iran, has turned his country into a war like zone as he uses his military to attack not just 'terrorists' but also rebels against his government and innocent civilians who live in rebel-held areas.
"At 3.42am, the United States carried out a flagrant aggression with missiles against one of our airbases in the central region, killing six people and wounding a number of others, and causing significant damage," Assad's office said on Friday afternoon.

"The airbase was almost completely destroyed - the runway, the fuel tanks and the air defences were all blown to pieces,"…

Photos: All set for Vodafone Ghana music Awards #VGMA2017

2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Accra International Conference Center.

The 18th edition of the awards scheme will be hosted by Starr 103.5FM Presenter Anita Erskine. She will be supported by Joy FM’s DJ Black.

The red carpet session of the awards will be hosted by Live 91.9 FM and GHOne TV Presenter Berla Mundi and actor Elikem Kumordzi.

Competing for the top award are Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, E.L, Joe Mettle, MzVee and Medikal.

Powered by Charter House Productions, it seeks to celebrate Ghanaian musicians who excelled during the year under review.

Below are photos of the set up for the upcoming music awards.

Truck ploughs into shop in busy Stockholm street, killing at least three and causing injury to many others

Stockholm, Sweden, has been thrown into a state of shock after a vehicle crashed into shoppers in Drottninggatan, resulting in the death of three. The truck drove into Ahlens Mall, a department store in Klarabergsgatan, crashing through the wall before it went up in flames. Witnesses report hearing gunshots, after which the driver of the vehicle escaped. Following the attack, hundreds of shoppers were seen fleeing from the scene. 
Soon after, armed police officers arrived at the store. Police Spokeswoman, Towe Hagg, confirmed the attack and revealed that the incident is being treated as a suspected terror attack. It was later discovered that it was indeed a deliberate act. Meanwhile, the subway network has been closed in the city as authorities go into control mode.

A witness, called Anna, said:  "I saw hundreds of people ran, they ran for their lives. I turned and ran as well."Jan Granroth, who was in a shoe shop in Queen Street when he heard screams, said:  "…

Ghanaian-Switzerland Based Mabelle Prior Call On Government Support For Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer.  Approximately one out of eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime with some form of breast cancer.

Ghana born showbiz personality and former broadcaster call on government in Africa to create more awareness and give treatment support for women that are affected with this deadly disease.

Mabelle made this call through ABC Foundation in Nigeria when she supported the NGO to create awareness and FREE SCREENING exercise for women and girls in Akesan town of Igando-Ikotun LCDA in Lagos State. 112 women and girls were examined and the doctors reported that 12 women (10%) are affected.

She however gives kudos to the organizers of the campaign and hereby encourages them to see how they can further assist the affected women to get better treatment.
Mabelle Prior is the founder and president of Miss Swiss Most Beautiful pageant which was established to empower young women. See More Photos After The Cut..... 

Anti-Zuma protests across South Africa

Protesters are marching in cities across South Africa including Cape Town, Durban, and the capital, Pretoria calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma.
The demonstrations come after Mr Zuma's sacking of a respected finance minister, which led to the country's credit rating being cut to junk status.
The move added pressure to South Africa's already embattled economy. 
But supporters of Mr Zuma have also turned out to defend the president.
This week Mr Zuma survived calls by powerful groups allied to the governing ANC for him to go. He also got the backing of a major decision-making body within the party.
One of the immediate sources of controversy has been last week's cabinet reshuffle which saw the removal of, among others, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.  
In Johannesburg, there was a heavy police presence as protesters planned to converge near the ANC headquarters.
Hundreds of veterans of the ANC's armed anti-apartheid struggle and members of the ruli…

YouTube channels need 10,000 views for adverts

YouTube is changing the rules about when users can start earning money through carrying adverts on their video channels.
New channels will have to get 10,000 views before they can be considered for the YouTube Partner Program, the firm announced in a blog post.
YouTube will then evaluate whether the channel is adhering to its guidelines before letting it carry adverts. It will help clamp down on content theft and fake channels, YouTube said.
"After a creator hits 10k lifetime views on their channel, we'll review their activity against our policies," wrote Ariel Bardin, vice president of product management at YouTube.
"If everything looks good, we'll bring this channel into YPP [YouTube Partner Program] and begin serving ads against their content. Together these new thresholds will help ensure revenue only flows to creators who are playing by the rules."
Qingzhen Chen, senior analyst for advertising research from IHS, said it would not be difficult for mos…

(Video) Two alleged female 'witches' caught naked with fetish items in Zimbabwe

Residents of Budiriro claimed they caught two naked women allege to be witches with suspected fetish items.

According to a cleric, Jacob Owolabi who shared the story and video online, the women were found at a house stark naked with suspected witchcraft tools of trade, including traditional herbs, live owls, calabashes, and other paraphernalia held in winnowing baskets.

An eyewitness at the scene said the unclad women were caught around 6am in another person's house and refused to disclose their mission.
'It was around 6am when we heard people shouting ‘witches, witches’ from a house near here. We rushed there and found the two women sitting outside the house in complete nudity. On being asked where they had come from, one of them said they had come from Mutorashanga, but would not say how they had ended up here or the purpose of their visit.'

The Budiriro Police were immediately informed about the strange incident. On their arrival they wrapped the women in blanke…

Mel B’s Husband Seeks Spousal Support After Being Accused of Abusing Her

Despite being accused of multiple forms of abuse, the husband of former Spice Girl Mel B is seeking spousal support from his alleged victim.
Court papers obtained by TheWrap indicate that Stephen Belafonte is asking for spousal support in the couple's divorce proceeding.
The court papers, signed by Belafonte on April 3, also ask that the court's ability to award the former Spice Girl -- real name: Melanie Brown -- spousal support.
Belafonte, who lists the reason for divorce as "irreconcilable differences," is also seeking joint custody of the couple's five-year-old daughter, Madison Brown Belafonte.
As reported by TheWrap earlier this week, Brown made a host of explosive allegations against her estranged husband in court papers filed Monday, claiming that Belafonte has been physically, emotionally and verbally abusive to her, and coerced her into having threeway sexual encounters by threatening to release "compromising" videos of the singer.
Brown…

Delta force attack: We were overwhelmed – IGP

The Inspector General of Police David Asante Apeatu has admitted that his men at the Kumasi Circuit court Thursday were overwhelmed by members of the Delta Force.
The IGP made the comments while  reacting to the invasion of the court by members of the vigilante group while proceedings was underway. The marauding members of the group, affiliated to the ruling NPP, shockingly set free 13 of their members who had been reminded by the court.
Commenting the on the development at a news conference Thursday night, Mr. Asante Apeatu said the Police did not anticipate such a reaction from the group.
“We had police officers at the court and we had about 20 officers on standby but, if you remember we gave the accused persons bail when they were suspects and they willingly appeared before the court, so you can imagine that the extent of danger or likelihood of they escaping was not as high as we will believe.
“…they (police officers) were overwhelmed by the numbers that came to the court…

Syria decries US airstrike, calls it an aggression

The US, early Friday morning fired 59 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target — Ash Sha'irat in Homs province in western Syria. The missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea, in retaliation for  Assad's deadly chemical attack on his people on Tuesday, read here . 
A military official quoted on Syrian TV said an air base in central Syria was hit early Friday, causing material damage. Another statement, by an unnamed official, referred to "losses", but the officials did not elaborate on what kind of losses. Talal Barazi, the governor of Homs province, where the targeted air base is located, told The Associated Press that most of the strikes appeared to target the province in central Syria.

He also said the strikes were meant to "support the terrorists on the ground." He told Al Arabiya TV that a fire raged for two hours in the base, until it was put out. A Syrian opposition group, the Syrian Coalition, welcomed the U.S. …

Girl found living with monkeys in Indian forest

According to Associated Press, Indian police are reviewing reports of missing children to try to identify a girl who was found living in a forest with a group of monkeys. 
The girl, believed to be 10 to 12 years old, was unable to speak, was wearing no clothes and was emaciated when she discovered in January and taken to a hospital in Bahraich, a town in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India.

She behaved like an animal, running on her arms and legs and eating food off the floor with her mouth, said D.K. Singh, chief medical superintendent of the government-run hospital.

After treatment, she has begun walking normally and eating with her hands.
"She is still not able to speak, but understands whatever you tell her and even smiles," Singh said.

Some woodcutters spotted the girl roaming with monkeys, police officer Dinesh Tripathi told The Associated Press on Thursday. They alerted police.

"They said the girl was naked and was very comfortable in the company of monkeys.…

IKCC Names Juliet Ibrahim The 1st Ever World Kidney Cancer Day Global Ambassador

The International Kidney Cancer Coalition has named Juliet Ibrahim of the Juliet Ibrahim Foundation the Global Ambassador of the 1st-ever World Kidney Cancer Day.

The announcement was made via their twitter page on the first day of the 7th International Kidney Cancer Coalition conference which she is presently attending in Warsaw, Poland.

The World Kidney Cancer Day which will be an annual event was also launched at the conference and the first edition will hold on the 22nd of June 2017.

The Juliet Ibrahim Foundation (JIF) was launched in December 2011 to start an awareness campaign about cancer of the kidney. The JIF is aimed at helping Ghanaians, Nigerians and other West African citizens to know their status and prevent kidney cancer as well as other kidney related diseases from getting to the incurable stage.

Meet the world’s brainiest quadruplets, the Wade Brothers

18-year old quadruplet brothers Aaron, Zachary, Nigel and Nick Wade have the world in admiration of their brains. The Ohio-based brothers have all been accepted at eight Ivy League schools including Yale and Harvard.
They were profiled on Wednesday on Washington Post and spent most of Wednesday afternoon being followed by a national TV network news crew during their classes.
The proud sons of Kim Wade (principal of Lakota Plains Junior School) and Darrin Wade, the four have excelled in the classroom and athletics. Lakota East High School principal Suzanna Davis tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal News that the four seniors epitomize academic focus but at are well-rounded “great young men” with great personalities. “I have had the honor of knowing these boys since they were young because of knowing their mom and dad,” said Davis. “I have watched these boys grow up into young men … and as students they epitomize what we would want from high school students.” The Fantastic Four …

Twitter sues US over anti-Trump account

Twitter is suing the US government after it demanded it reveal the identity of an anti-Trump account. 
The @ALT_USCIS profile was an anonymous profile account criticising President Trump’s immigration policy. 
The account claimed it was being run by federal employees at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. 
Twitter has requested a court block the Trump administration’s request, calling it a matter of free speech. 
The challenge was filed in San Francisco, where the micro-blogging service is based. 
"The rights of free speech afforded Twitter's users and Twitter itself under the First Amendment of the US Constitution include a right to disseminate such anonymous or pseudonymous political speech,” the company argued. 
It added that the government "may not compel Twitter to disclose information regarding the real identities of these users without first demonstrating that some criminal or civil offense has been committed".
The move was backed by the A…

Breaking! US launches missiles at Syrian base after Pres Assad's chemical weapons attack on his own people

The United States has just launched dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad's use of banned chemical weapons that killed at least 100 Syrian people, including women and children.
Two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target — Ash Sha'irat in Homs province in western Syria, which is the airfield from which the United States believes the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fired the banned weapons.

U.S. officials say people were not targeted and that aircraft and infrastructure at the site were hit, including the runway and gas fuel pumps.
According to US officials say the Ash Sha'irat was targeted because that was the site where the plane that carried the chemical weapons flew from.

The Russian military were warned of the attack in advance to avoid human casualty.  President Donald Trump said in remarks from Mar-a-Lago, his family compound in Palm Be…

Vodafone Introduces Industry-first “All-In-One” Product

Vodafone Ghana has taken its essence as a SuperNet to another dimension by introducing the first ‘all-in-one’ telecoms product in Ghana – Vodafone One.

The product ties in with the concept of convergence, where all telecom services are grouped into a single suite of deliverables to guarantee simplicity and convenience.  Over the past years, telecom experts have endorsed this trend as one that will widely liberalise the sector and put it on a new path of growth.

Vodafone One is designed to bring together all customer communication needs -  fixed broadband, voice minutes for landline, mobile voice and mobile data - into one seamless package. The product has an auto-renewal component to keep customers connected at home, in the office and on-the-go. Vodafone One will undoubtedly cement the legacy of the company as a leader in innovation and new thinking in Ghana.

Commenting, Patricia Obo-Nai, Director of Fixed Business and Customer Operations at Vodafone Ghana said: “What we have …

GBA condemns Delta Force court attack

The Ghana Bar Association has expressed shock and surprise at the invasion of a Kumasi Circuit court by members of the vigilante group Delta Force.
Some members of Delta Force, a vigilante group  affiliated to the ruling New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti region Thursday morning stormed a Kumasi Circuit Court to free 13 of their members who were facing charges for causing mayhem at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.
According to information gathered by Starrfmonline.com, the irate group destroyed court properties and freed the suspects in the process.
The 13 members were detained in connection with attacking the Regional Security Coordinator.
The marauding group also attacked the presiding judge who had earlier ruled that the suspects be remanded to appear before court on April 20, 2017.
Reacting to the development, the GBA in a statement signed by its President Benson Nustukpui, said they are horrified and shocked by the impetus of the group.
“The Ghana Bar Association is…

No child of God should ever suffer such horror- Donald Trump explains why he attacked Syrian airfield

Donald Trump gave a statement on Thursday night after the US attacked the Syrian base in retaliation to what he has described the chemical attack in Idlib province which killed several men, women and children as an “affront to humanity”. Trump said the photos of the dead Syrian people affected him profoundly and transformed his thinking about the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.  He called on 'all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types'.

Read his full statement after the cut...
My fellow Americans, on Tues Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men women and children It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack.No child of god should ever suffer such horror.Tonight I ordered …

Legendary comedian, Don Rickles dies of kidney failure at the age of 90

Legendary comedian, Don Rickles has died after suffering kidney failure at his Los Angeles home on Thursday morning. His publicist Paul Shefrin announced his death confirming he died at the ripe age of 90. 
The Emmy-Award winning comedian is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, who was reportedly by his side at the time of his death, and his daughter, Mindy Mann. He would have turned 91 on May 8.